What Do Jesus Death and Resurrection Do for Us?

When we think about Jesus, we often think about his death and resurrection. But what exactly do these events do for us? In this article, we’ll explore the significance of Jesus’ death and resurrection and how they impact our lives.

The Death of Jesus

At the heart of Christianity is the belief that Jesus died on the cross for our sins. But what does this mean?

Essentially, it means that Jesus took the punishment that we deserve for our sins. The Bible teaches that all humans have sinned (Romans 3:23) and that the punishment for sin is death (Romans 6:23). So, in dying on the cross, Jesus took the penalty for our sins upon himself.

This act of love and sacrifice has profound implications for us. Firstly, it means that we can be forgiven for our sins.

Because Jesus has already paid the penalty for them, we can be reconciled to God and have a relationship with him. This is often referred to as “salvation” or being “saved”.

But forgiveness is only part of the story. The death of Jesus also frees us from the power of sin in our lives. Before we become Christians, sin has a hold on us – we are slaves to our sinful nature (Romans 6:17).

But through faith in Jesus, we can be set free from this bondage (Romans 6:18). This doesn’t mean that Christians never sin – far from it! But it does mean that sin no longer has ultimate power over us.

The Resurrection of Jesus

So if Jesus died on the cross for our sins, why did he need to rise from the dead? The answer lies in what his resurrection accomplishes.

Firstly, it proves that Jesus is who he claimed to be – the Son of God. Throughout his ministry, Jesus made bold claims about his identity and authority.

By rising from the dead, he demonstrated that these claims were true. This is why the resurrection is often referred to as the “cornerstone” of Christianity (1 Peter 2:6-7).

But the resurrection also has practical implications for our lives. It gives us hope for the future – both in this life and in the next.

In this life, we can experience the power of Jesus’ resurrection in our own lives. Just as he was raised from the dead, we too can experience new life and transformation through faith in him (Romans 6:4). And in the next life, we have assurance that we will be raised to eternal life with him (1 Corinthians 15:20-22).

Conclusion

The death and resurrection of Jesus are two of the most significant events in human history. Through his death, we can be forgiven and set free from sin’s power. And through his resurrection, we have hope for both this life and the next.

If you’re not yet a Christian, I encourage you to explore these truths further. And if you are a Christian, may you be encouraged by what Jesus has done for you!